Australia’s small sprinter , Caleb Ewan, won his second victory at the 2019 Tour de France on Tuesday (July 23). Lotto-Soudal’s flagship bullet rocketed admirably at the end of Stage 16, which lasted 177 km from Nimes and returned to Nimes.
As if he could have left around 500 meters before finishing, Caleb Ewan stepped on the gas from the left side of the “train” sprinter . He won thinly over the other superstar spiders. Elijah Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finished second, Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) third, and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) fourth.
“It’s a dream to win a stage here (Tour de France). Now I have won two. It’s hard to believe, “said Ewan, who is of Korean blood.
The 25-year driver added, he did not expect to finish in the front row. The heat of the weather, which touched 40 degrees Celsius, made him truly miserable. “Honestly, I feel very bad today. The heat really affected me, “I’m the 165 cm driver.
Even though it ended “normal” with a bunch of sprints , the drama continued to color the stage in this flat category. Supposedly, stage like this is the “break” stage for the climber , especially those who compete in the top row of general classification (GC).
However, the speed of the race, and the fierce struggle for a comfortable position in the middle of the peloton, had made several stars fall.
The defending champion, Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos), had fallen when the new stage lasted 47 km. Luckily he was only slightly injured and was able to continue the race.
The fate of the star Astana, Jakob Fuglsang, was even better. The Danish driver fell with several other drivers just 27 km before finishing. As a result, he suffered a severe injury and had to withdraw from the Tour de France.\
In fact, as champions of the Criterium du Dauphine warm-up competition, Fuglsang was the winner of the overall champion . Entering Stage 16, Fuglsang is ranked nine GC. How sad!
After Stage 16 is flat, this Wednesday (July 24) Peloton will be “heated” with a hilly stage. A distance of 200 km from the Pont du Gard to Gap will pass several short inclines. It’s not long enough to stimulate GC competition, but it’s enough to open up opportunities for painful “traps” to occur.
On paper, GC leaders should be careful again this Wednesday. Considering there are three high mountain stages in a row following later!
As for the sprinter , hopes of winning again will only appear on the last day of the race. Namely Stage 21 on the streets of Champs-Elysees, Paris, Sunday, July 28 later. (riding bicycle)
Stage 16 of the Tour de France 2019 (Top Ten)
1. Caleb Ewan (Australia) Lotto Soudal 3:57:08
2. Elijah Viviani (Italy) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3. Dylan Groenewegen (Netherlands) Team Jumbo-Visma
4. Peter Sagan (Slovakia) Bora-Hansgrohe
5. Niccolò Bonifazio (Italy) Total Direct Energie
6. Michael Matthews (Australia) Team Sunweb
7. Matteo Trentin (Italy) Mitchelton-Scott
8. Jasper Stuyven (Belgium) Trek-Segafredo
9. Alexander Kristoff (Norway) UAE Team Emirates
10. Andrea Pasqualon (Italy) Wanty-Gobert
General Classification ended 16 of 21 stages
1. Julian Alaphilippe (France) Deceuninck-QuickStep 64:57:32
2. Geraint Thomas (United Kingdom) Team Ineos 0:01:35
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:01:47
4. Thibaut Pinot (France) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:50
5. Egan Bernal (Colombia) Team Ineos 0:02:02
6. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:14
7. Mikel Landa (Spain) Movistar Team 0:04:54
8. Alejandro Valverde (Spain) Movistar Team 0:05:00
9. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia) EF Education First 0:05:33
10. Richie Porte (Australia) Trek-Segafredo 0:06:30